California Family Code
Unless the provision or context otherwise requires, the definitions in this chapter govern the construction of this part.
"Debt" means an obligation incurred by a married person before or during marriage, whether based on contract, tort, or otherwise.
A debt is "incurred" at the following time: (a) In the case of a contract, at the time the contract is made.
(b) In the case of a tort, at the time the tort occurs.
(c) In other cases, at the time the obligation arises.